The Ranchhod Foundation have donated a cardiac stress machine for charitable service at the Sarada Medical Centre of Ramakrishna Mission in Nadi, Fiji.
A cardiac stress test is a cardiology test that measures a heart’s ability to respond to external stress in a controlled clinical environment. The stress response is induced by exercise or by drug stimulation. Cardiac stress tests compare the coronary circulation while the patient is at rest with the same patient’s circulation during maximum physical exertion, showing any abnormal blood flow to the heart muscle tissue. The results can be interpreted as a reflection on the general physical condition of the test patient. This test can be used to diagnose coronary artery disease (also known as ischemic heart disease) and assess patient prognosis after a heart attack.
The cardiac stress test is done with heart stimulation, by exercise on a treadmill, pedalling a stationary exercise bicycle ergometer, with the patient connected to an electrocardiogram (ECG). The level of mechanical stress is progressively increased by adjusting the difficulty (steepness of the slope) and speed. The test administrator or attending physician examines the symptoms and blood pressure response.
The machine will have a tremendous effect on determining heart conditions and potential heart attacks before they occur, so that the patient can adjust their lifestyle as a preventative measure, before such problems occur.
Below is a link to the Fiji Sun’s article regarding the launching of the Cardiac Stress Test Facility